Wednesday, July 25, 2018

You probably didn't know the names of these popular Nigerian fruits

We all grew up seeing these fruits around the corner of the street, but did you know their English names?


Some fruits that originated in West Africa were either given a traditional name or an invented name. You
probably didn't know the real names of these popular Nigerian fruits.
These are five of the most common fruits and their botanical or English names.

1. Black Velvet Tamarind


This fruit is commonly known in Nigeria as Icheku (Igbo), Awin (Yoruba) and Tsamiyar kurm (Hausa). It is also known among children as "lickie lickie".

2. Tropical Almonds

This delicious fruit is referred to as “fruit” and can be found in many parts of Southern Nigeria.

3. Rose Apple


This rose apple is commonly referred to as "Local Apple".

4. African Star Apple


You would be more successful finding this fruit in Nigeria if you call it Agbalumo (Yoruba) or Udara (Igbo). Some people also call it "African Cherry".

5. Tiger nuts



This fruit is popularly known as Aki Hausa in the Southeast, Aya in the North and Ofio in the Southwest. The name "Tiger nut" is gradually becoming popular amongst Nigerians though.

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